Thursday, March 10, 2011

Halfway Point: Clean Program

I wish I had written down my diet for the weeks prior to starting Clean...  it wasn't pretty to say the least.  Ever since Dylan went back to school and I find myself rushing to get home to let Nellie out, throwing some food in my mouth, working on freelance, speeding to yoga and then again making or warming up an additional meal for Dylan when he gets home around 9:00 PM every night during the week.  If I would have documented it it may have included several loaves of fresh bread, pasta, canned soup, a banana here and there, cookies, yogurt, cereal, apples, bagels, frozen peas, maybe a salad or two.  Holy grains!

Anyhow, I stumbled upon Clean from reading Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop newsletters.  She had presented a mini detox after the holidays that had seemed nutritious and fairly simple to abide by based on Dr. Alejandro Junger's program.  I bookmarked it and continued on my new married-to-a-law-student bloated diet.  Then, a couple weeks after visiting with Mandy she emailed and said she had bought a juicer, read the book and had been on Clean since I left.  She said she was "reeping the benefits (great skin, great sleep, happy tummy)" and that was that.  I loaded it on my Kindle and read it over a week while I contemplated whether it was do-able with our schedules.

We started last Monday.  I can honestly say I wasn't the least bit hungry between the shake-meal-shake regimen until Friday.  My brains says weekend = fun food.  Dylan is struggling with the same mentality as well, as I haven't heard so much moaning and groaning when we pass restaurants and each time an appetizing commercial comes on t.v.  Nevertheless, the physical benefits I have discovered so far include my clothes fitting just a bit better, my skin is evening out and I'm not having those up and down bursts of energy that plagued my days prior.  

Things I have learned that I can adapt to my post-cleanse diet:

  • Foods like millet and kale that I was unfamiliar with before 
  • I discovered that I LOVE fresh juice, especially carrot, celery and apple!
  • It's good to leave 12 hours between dinner and breakfast so your body has time to reset rather than just working on digesting all night long
  • 3 liters of water a day make me feel better and snack less
  • How to make almond milk
  • About supplements like Chia Seed and Maca Powder

All in all, a great way to enter into spring.  I'll update in 10 days with a full conclusion on the program.

1 comment:

Mandy said...

Yay!!! Sounds like it's going great! Be sure to check out the online community for pdf's of more CLEAN meals (I've tried the chicken Salad look-a-like, made with white fish instead and no mayo -- was delish!) gluten-free biscuit and bread options, and more shake ideas (like "cinnamon buns" in the blender)! YUM. So glad to see it's going well for you. I've been tempted a couple of times and find that jumping back on the cleanse is easy to do without wrecking havoc on all the time I've put into it. I LOVE the carrot, celery, apple juice too!

Have you tried bunch of Kale, two apples, handful of brussel sprouts, 3 stalks celery, splash of squeezed lemon? I bring this very green juice in a mason jar along to class with me and freak out my students (funny). It's also delicious!

Vive le jus! And hooray for you!

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